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RE: For the plant lovers - living wall in my DR (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: sochi on 07.14.2011 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone, I'm glad to you like. I must confess that I absolutely adore it and it has taken my focus away from getting my kitchen island made and the backsplash up, but whatever.

Clumbsycook - the floors are 130 year old reclaimed birch, brought up from the bottom of a nearby river.

Okay, the details on the wall:

I've been researching living walls on-line and at the library for about 2 years. After some research and visits to a few local living walls, I figured out which "type" of living wall I felt was best for the house. Essentially I opted for a "Patrick Blanc" style living wall - essentially the plants grow in a felt medium with little, if any, soil. Patrick Blanc is from France, and he is considered the "father" of living walls/green walls/vertical gardens. Here is a link to Patrick Blanc's website:

Here is a link to an outdoor Patrick Blanc style garden in San Diego - this website is a great resource and has dozens of great pictures of living wall eye candy:

I determined that it was possible to build a Patrick Blanc style living wall on my own. A guy named Matt in New York has a fantastic and unbelievably informative blog on how to build your own Blanc style living wall. Here is a link to his blog: He built a stunning living wall in his NY apartment.

But I was a little nervous to make one myself, I admit. Plus, I have a crazy busy job, two kids under 6 and an on-going home renovation, so I ran out of time. Earlier this year I found a company in San Francisco that builds pre-made Patrick Blanc style living walls, the company is called Plants on Walls. I decided to save my pennies and buy a 31" x 82" recirculating living wall from them. I am still determined to make a living wall on my own, and I think I will in my master bathroom that is due for renovation over the year or so. The living wall "kit" from Plants on Walls contains the galvanized steel frame, water-proof back lining, the reservoir, pump, tubing and the felt pockets that the plants grow in/into. I bought the plants here and planned out the "planting design." I'm very happy with the Plants on Wall product, and they were very responsive to my questions. That said, they aren't cheap (my kit was $1,300), and I'm determined to build my own living wall next (the master bathroom project). Here is the link to the Plants on Wall site:

I do keep a small carpet under the reservoir, it catches the odd drops of water off the ends of the leaves. I do mist the plants whenever I think of it, so the mat/carpet takes care of that. If you could put one up in a room with tile floors that would be ideal I guess.

It does add humidity to the room, but not much and we welcome it in winter (we have to use a furnace here in the winter and the air gets dry). This size living wall isn't big enough to create serious humidity issues I think - and we do live in an area with hot, humid summers - and I hate A/C. No smells or mold - that is the point of the felt growing medium, the felt dries totally between watering. That said, my living wall is also in a relatively large, open room, so there is lots of air circulation.

You of course need adequate lighting for a living wall - this often determines where you build it. I didn't want to build it anywhere that would require artificial light.

Let me know if you have any other questions!


clipped on: 09.07.2012 at 06:10 pm    last updated on: 09.07.2012 at 06:10 pm

For the plant lovers - living wall in my DR

posted by: sochi on 07.13.2011 at 11:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please forgive my slightly off topic post, but as the DR is just off the kitchen and visible from my peninsula, I thought I might get away with it. I'm still working through the finishing touches on my ground floor. The living wall is something I've wanted since the beginning of my reno, I've had it for about three months now and just love it. It is irrigated automatically, so upkeep is fairly simple.





clipped on: 09.07.2012 at 06:09 pm    last updated on: 09.07.2012 at 06:09 pm

98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass tile

posted by: theanimala on 01.02.2010 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading this site daily for 6 months now and getting tons of great advice it's time for us to post our finished kitchen. In keeping with the style of the house we needed to go more modern than traditional, but we didn't want something too contemporary. Also, we couldn't decide on painted or stained cabinets, so we decided to do both by painting the perimeter while having the island stained.

Although we moved no walls, it ended up being a bigger project then we expected as the old tile floor went through our foyer, powder room and laundry room. Also didn't have correct sub-flooring, and we wanted to move some of the appliances around, etc. The reason the it is only 98.627% completed, is we still have 1.373% left to do, such as glass shelves in glass front doors so in cabinet lighting can shine all the way through, etc.


Cabinets - Inset Shiloh Homestead painted MB Softwhite, Island Maple stained Espresso
Flooring - Tile Fashion Coffee 12 x 24
Countertops - Ceasarstone Raven, Ceasarstone Misty Carrera - Mitred Edge
Main Sink - Franke 33" SS Apron - FHX710-33S
Main Faucet - Generic Costco Brand
Prep Sink - Elkay - ELU1618
Prep Faucet - Danze Como Pulldown
Refrigerator - JennAir CD FD - JFC2089HES
Ovens - Electrolux - EW30EW65GS
Warming Drawer - Electrolux - EW30WD55GS
Microwave - Electrolux - EL27MO45GS
Cooktop - DCS 36" Drop-in - CTD-365
Hood - Bosch - DKE9365AUC
Beverage Center - GE Monogram - ZDBC240NBS
Dishwasher - Bosch
Backsplash - White Glass subway tile from
Backsplash - Stainless Steel 1x2 tiles
Pulls - TopKnobs - Princetonian
Paint - BM 1542 Himalayan Trek






Sink Area:







Island - Backside:

Pantry Area - Closed:


Pantry - Open:


Lazy Suzan - Corner Pullout:


A big thank you to everyone who gave such great advice over the past few months. If anyone has any questions on what we like /dislike please let us know.


clipped on: 09.02.2012 at 03:20 pm    last updated on: 09.02.2012 at 03:20 pm

RE: Show me your subway tile! (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: theanimala on 03.21.2012 at 09:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

There are some beautiful subway backsplashes here. Here's our white glass subway tile, we were going for a transitional look.



clipped on: 09.02.2012 at 12:55 pm    last updated on: 09.02.2012 at 12:55 pm

RE: granite template being done today - many questions... (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: franki1962 on 02.06.2008 at 11:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Stolen from a previous post

I think it dropped off this past week or so...the last post to it was 10/31. I have it saved. Here's a summary of it:

When deciding on a fabricator:
- See the installer's work, especially the seams;
- Talk about what they do to make the seam really tight and smooth.

Before Fabrication
- Mock up the location of the faucets, soap dispenser, air switch, air gap, etc. before they come to fabricate. Be sure to account for clearances behind the sink as well as b/w each item.
-- Make sure you have your sink/faucet templates (all sinks & faucets!)
-- Make a list of all your appliances and the required clearances (sides, back, front, top). This applies to both appliances w/cutouts (e.g., cooktop, etc.) and stand alone (e.g., refrigerator, range, etc.).
- Make sure you have enough of your lighting installed and functional
- Make sure you have everything that requires a cutout before they fabricate. You want to have all of these on hand when they come for templating.
- Post pictures for the TKOed of your slabs!

- Be present for the template process.
- Be there when they place the templates on your slabs, but if you can't be there then have a lengthy conversation about seam placement, ways to match the movement, and ways to color-match the counters that will be joined at the seam
- Double check the template.
- Make sure that the measurements are reasonable.
- Measure the opening for the range.
- Be sure you test your faucet for clearances not just between each fixture, but also between the faucet and the wall behind the faucet (if there is one). You need to be sure the handle will function properly.
- Make sure the cabinets are totally level (not out by more than 1/8") before the counter installers come in. Saves big headaches.
- Make sure they have the sink/faucet templates to work from.
- Check how close they should come to a stove
- Make sure you have your garbage disposal air switch on hand or know the diameter

- If you have wood floors--especially if you're in the process of staining or finishing them--make sure they don't spill or drip granite sealer on the wood floors. Apparently the sealer interferes with the stain or finish process. Possibly consider brown kraft paper to protect your floors.
- Make sure your appliances are protected during the installation process.
- Make sure you have a pretty good idea of your faucet layout--where you want the holes drilled for all the fixtures and do a test mock up to make sure you have accounted for sufficient clearances between each fixture.
- Somewhere you will have a seam by your sink because they cannot carry the small pieces after cutting out for you sink without breaking. Ask them to show you where it will be and if you are ok with it. Should be covered in the appropriately colored caulk.
- Check the seams for evenness and smoothness.
- Make sure the seams are neat and clean.
- Make sure the seams are not obvious.
- Make sure there are no scratches, pits or cracks
- Make sure the granite has been sealed
- Ask which sealer has been used on the granite.
- Make sure the sink reveal is consistent all the away around
- Check the gap of the granite at the wall junctions.
- Keep an eye out for inconsistent overhangs on the counter edges
- Make sure all your edges are identical
- Make sure the laminate edge (if you have it) is smooth.
- Check for chips. These can be filled.
- Make sure the seams are butted tight.
- If a cut-out or a seam is worked on OVER a drawer, be sure to remove the drawer and tape the glide. There have been instances where the granite dust destroyed the drawer glide.
- Make sure that the top drawers open and close
- Make sure the stove sits up higher than the counter
- Make sure you can open your dishwasher
- Make sure you have proper clearances for all of your appliances.
- Make sure you have the appropriate clearances for your appliances.
- Make sure all your cabinets are still in the right place.
- Watch when they apply the sealer, so that you know how to do it later.

Post Installation
- Post pictures for the TKOed
- Enjoy your kitchen!


clipped on: 08.25.2012 at 09:41 am    last updated on: 08.25.2012 at 09:41 am

Jbrodie's 99% Finished Kitchen Creamy White w/ Soapstone

posted by: elizpiz on 04.14.2009 at 10:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

In reading all the recent discussions of white kitchens and whether they're "in" or not, I was reminded of jbrodie's gorgeous kitchen, probably my favourite here on GW.

The thread fell off when this forum had technical glitches a few weeks ago, so I have taken the liberty of linking the post below, both for the benefit of those who haven't seen this great kitchen (it's amazing!) and also for the many who have looked for it for future reference.

What's odd is that there are very recent posts on this thread but it stil doesn't show up on the main Kitchens page. I think Julie must get the notices and reply, but I'm not sure if those who post see the replies...

In any event, here it is. Julie, I hope you don't mind that I'm putting you back in circulation :-)

Jbrodie's 99% Finished Kitchen Creamy White w/ Soapstone


PS. Hope this loads okay - it was finicky when I tried it...


clipped on: 08.24.2012 at 10:02 am    last updated on: 08.24.2012 at 10:03 am

Too late for apron sink?

posted by: joaniepoanie on 11.27.2011 at 11:53 am in Kitchens Forum

Mercymygyft posted earlier about whether to get apron sink or not. That string has me questioning my decision to NOT go with one. I originally wanted one because my current cabinet front has gotten yucky from rubbing up against it while doing dishes. Then I saw a pic of SS apron sink next to SS DW and it seemed like too much SS next to each other, especially in my small galley kitchen. Cabinet dealer and contractor also talked me into getting tilt out tray instead, even though I know I am not one for putting sponge, etc away after each use. Cabinets (30" sink base) are in and remodel starts after the holidays. Can tilt out part be cut away for apron and if so would doors be too tall? Is an apron base cabinet totally different than a regular base cab? Ordering another cabinet and having one go to waste out of the question. Should I just make peace with a regular cabinet and sink?


clipped on: 08.08.2012 at 11:54 pm    last updated on: 08.08.2012 at 11:54 pm

RE: SS apron sinks - curved or straight front? Show me your pics (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: peachieone on 04.02.2009 at 07:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

window over big sink

Ours has a slight curve - mostly on the inside of the sink.


clipped on: 08.08.2012 at 11:33 pm    last updated on: 08.08.2012 at 11:33 pm

RE: Raven Caesarstone--real pics please! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: smarge on 01.21.2009 at 04:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

For some reason all my old posts have fallen off the kitchen thread! Here are the pics I have of my counter. Someone else had started a great thread on Raven in honed, showing those pics, which was nice for someone considering both to see. It's too bad that thread is lost, and I can't recall who the poster was. We both LOVED our Raven countertops. My island countertop is Danby marble, by the way, and like all the marble in my house, it etches extremely easily.

Hope these are helpful. Free free to ask questions!




clipped on: 07.31.2012 at 03:24 pm    last updated on: 07.31.2012 at 03:24 pm